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A major project to provide high-speed broadband to public services across the Scottish Highlands has been completed.

The Pathfinder North Broadband scheme is worth an estimated £70 million and has seen super-fast internet connections provided to over 800 schools, libraries and local authority buildings across the region.

Five councils were involved in the project, which is believed to be one of the largest collaborative broadband procurements in Europe.

Councillor Carolyn Wilson, Chairman of the Highland Council's Resources Committee, said the provision of such services is "great news both for our teams and the people they support, who have access to our community schools, libraries and offices".

"We are looking forward to using the network to the best of its capability, ensuring that we continue to meet the needs of all the communities we serve."

Adam Afriyie, Shadow Minister for Science and Innovation, recently fold eGov Monitor that super-fast broadband is key to ensuring UK businesses remain competitive in the coming years.

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